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CATCHING UP » THE FOYER

CATCHING UP » THE FOYER

Does this look like a problem to you? I mean, you can see across the street in that reflection! Sigh, that is some serious draft taking place. And the first stop on my most-recent entryway to-do list. All the doors in our house were trimmed […]

THORA’S 2ND BIRTHDAY » RAINBOWS AND PINWHEELS

THORA’S 2ND BIRTHDAY » RAINBOWS AND PINWHEELS

Last week this little family packed up all of their essentials and hopped on a plane to Chicago. We were on a mission to celebrate! To see family that we’ve missed ever so. And friends too, beloved long-time friends, the kind of friends you grew […]

THE TRIDENT MAPLE BLOOMS!

THE TRIDENT MAPLE BLOOMS!

What is this, two posts in one day? I couldn’t help myself because Spring has sprung! Look what done popped up on our new Trident Maple out front of the house? All that recommended watering (five gallons a week) has paid off. And along with […]

THORA’S 1ST BIRTHDAY » YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

THORA’S 1ST BIRTHDAY » YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

This past weekend was Thora’s second birthday and in light of such a milestone, I started going through old photos. I pulled up pics from her first birthday party, all graciously shot by our dear friend and amazing photographer Aubrie Pick, and am blown away. […]

KNOB SWAP

KNOB SWAP

I have a vanity, well first my mom had a vanity, then it was mine, and actually it isn’t mine anymore. Thora has a vanity. This vanity is well-loved and has seen many facelifts in its lifetime. It was built by the Rockford Standard Furniture […]

RELOCATING THE ATTIC ACCESS

RELOCATING THE ATTIC ACCESS

Everyone aboard the time machine! Buried in the land of pre-baby draft posts, I found this little gem of dust and debris and necessary roughness. There was no text, only these before and during photos. No after photos either, so I’ll have to run and […]

EASY ART FOR THE NURSERY

EASY ART FOR THE NURSERY

I used to be a carefree single girl who lived a raucous Chicago lifestyle yet visited antique malls and thrifts with her mother on the weekends. (We also took line dancing lessons together, but that’s a story for a different day). On one such outing […]

BUILDING A KITCHEN BENCH » PART 1

BUILDING A KITCHEN BENCH » PART 1

There is a corner of our kitchen that I envisioned the ideal locale for a wrap-around built-in storage bench. The idea seemed logical and simple and kind of a no-brainer. It’s also another way to bring the Ikea cabinets up a notch, a prerequisite for […]

52 WEEK MONEY CHALLENGE

52 WEEK MONEY CHALLENGE

Perhaps this is more of a New Year’s resolution type of post. Whatever, life is now. Awhile back a friend of mine posted a pic illustrating a simple concept to save money. I was intrigued. We are planning to fly home (Chicago) for the holidays […]

STRANGE DILEMMA

STRANGE DILEMMA

This is not a problem I ever thought I’d have. See this garbage can here, the one on top of a stool? I’ve had that can since forever, even remember buying it off that big wall at Bed Bath and Beyond. Please understand, we are […]